2017 is set to be in top three hottest years: WMO: (The Hindu & BBC) All-India rainfall for the 2017 monsoon season was 5% below average. Plotting social progress: (The Hindu, Editorial) We need a cohesive measure of social progress in individual States. On the margins: (The Hindu, Editorial) How demonetisation has affected refugees in India.
Commonwealth in the time of Brexit: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Britain is showing renewed interest in the 52-nation forum. India could play a key role in its revival.

The new oil game: (Indian Express, Editorial)

China is showing increasing interest in the Middle East. India must track its moves.

Probe ordered into ‘Paradise Papers’: (The Hindu) Centre reconstitutes Multi-Agency Group to investigate disclosures on offshore accounts of 714 Indians. Eliminating the mafia from Indian politics: (Live Mint, Editorial) Fast-track courts will do little to break the symbiotic relationship between politicians and criminals.
‘Public credit registry to speed up digitisation’: (The Hindu) Relevance of ‘brick and mortar’ banking diminishing: RBI. How demonetisation affected the Indian economy, in 10 charts: (Live Mint, Editorial) The potential benefits of demonetisation are not clear yet, but the costs are clear.
Teaching ethics to aspiring civil servants: (The Hindu, Editorial) The question is, is this instance of misconduct by a public official, chosen on merit and pampered later with enviable perquisites, a mere aberration or is it symptomatic of a wider malaise?
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